Seahawks Kicker Involved In Real Life Jerry/Garry Gergich Situation
Damn it Steven! Or...Stephen!
In a situation mirroring one of the most infamous predicaments of the Park and Recreation's Jerry Gergich, whose name was revealed to be Garry over the course of the series, the kicker for the Seattle Seahawks recently revealed that even before he made his name as one of the NFL's top kickers, his name has been spelt wrong.
Oh, it's not his potentially worth a lot in Scrabble last name, Hauschka, that's causing problems. But rather, his first name.
Hauschka, participating in a pet-related segment for Q13, the local Seattle FOX affiliate, recently revealed that the correct spelling of his first name is actually "Stephen", rather than Steven, which is his listed name on NFL and Seahawks media materials, as well as his name on the official Seahawks roster.
A Q13 photographer first noticed the snafu, while trying to confirm the spelling of Hauschka's name. An outtake from the segment, in which Hauschka appears with his wife Lindsey and one of his dogs, Jack, features Hauschka clearing up the situation, while also saying her prefer to go by the neutral "Steve", which will hopefully clear up any further confusion. The video can be viewed on Q13's official site here.
Hauschka said that the mix-up occurred in college at North Carolina State, where he spent one season. After going undrafted, he spent time with the Vikings, Ravens, Falcons, Lions, and Broncos before finally settling in Seattle in 2011. In his time with the Seahawks, he has made 152 of 171 field goal attempts, his longest being a 58-yarder in 2014. During the 2013-14 season, Hauschka led all NFC kickers in points (143) and field goal percentage (94%). That same season, he would kick two field goals in Seattle's 43-8 victory over his former team Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII.
So if you're looking for a new kicker in fantasy this week, perhaps the new Stephen Hauschka would be a good pickup. Especially if he's anything like that Steven Hauschka.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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